Dear faculty and instructors,

We are writing today about recent revisions to the university’s Honor Code and related plans for a limited examination proctoring study. We understand many of you are preparing for fall courses, and we want to help by providing information and guidance.

The approved proposal to update the university’s Honor Code includes the addition of new text to improve clarity, and the launch of an Academic Integrity Working Group (AIWG) to evaluate equitable practices for proctoring in-person examinations through a multi-year study.

Important to know

The revised Honor Code (effective Sept. 1, 2023) has been posted. The Honor Code, originally adopted in 1921, has been clarified to encourage clear communication between faculty/instructors and students. The Teaching Commons website will be updated soon with information about your role in upholding the Honor Code.

Proctoring study. The AIWG will begin its work during the 2023-24 academic year. This work will include establishing criteria for participation. The study is expected to span two to four academic years. During this time, proctoring will be limited to the few courses that are part of the study. The earliest there will be any proctoring as a part of the study is winter 2024. Unless your course is part of the study, proctoring will remain forbidden, and there is no need to adjust your syllabi for proctoring at this time.


More information will be available this fall after the AIWG has begun meeting and defining the pilot. Meanwhile, if you have questions about the Honor Code and/or the Academic Integrity Working Group, please email

We would like to extend our gratitude to all of you for incorporating this update into your plans for the coming year, and we look forward to our continued collaboration on academic integrity.


Stacey Bent
Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Sarah Church
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education